I learned to distrust professionalism, as a value around music composition and creative effort in general. But since I’ve been playing and collaborating more widely, I’ve come back to it as an important concept. Steven Pressfield’s formulation was influential. You do seem to encounter people who have not, in the Pressfield manner of speaking, turned pro, and you find them frustrating. A person can turn pro at being a mad seeker and shaman, but they’ve still got to turn pro. In fact there is probably such thing as turning pro at being an amateur. (I’m remembering the friend who wanted to make a business card that said “Enthusiast.”) We all choose our own wildness. The question is whether you’ve taken time to face that wildness, understand it, accept it, assimilate it.
10 Best of 2014
January: Wyoming and the Open
February: New Mexico and the Holes
Notes on The Accounts